Video and AV News


Avolites in control at new look Temple

Friday, 21 July 2017

UK - Two Avolites Ai R6 media servers and an Arena lighting console running the latest Ai and Titan software were chosen to control the high-energy light and video package for the design relaunch of Glastonbury's dance stage, The Temple.
The British media server and lighting controls manufacturer was called in for the third year running by Alan King of Rockin Horse - technical coordinator and production supplier for Block 9 and The Common - who designed and sourced lighting and lasers for The Temple, whilst also keeping an overview on video production.
"In 2015, Rockin Horse got Avolites involved in the Temple's projection mapping as they needed a solid, industry standard server capable of complex projection to be central to the system," says King. "This year we selected the Avolites Ai R6 media servers as they allowed all of the outputs to run from a single graphics card, ensuring synchronicity between the video feeds, and allowing for fast delivery of multiple layers of high resolution video content."
The Temple's new look saw a greatly expanded capacity and a redesign of the venue itself, focussing on the stage's centrepiece: a true 3D screen in the form of a giant figurehead with a feathered head-dress. The approximately 8m x 20m x 5m deep structure was projection mapped with high-quality video content for four successive nights during the festival.
Bristol-based collective Limbic Cinema was the team responsible for the stage's digital content and showtime operation. An Ai operation team, headed up by Avolites' Arran Rothwell-Eyre, worked


Atlona appoints Prase as Italian distributor

Friday, 21 July 2017

USA/Italy - Atlona has appointed Prase Media Technologies as its new distributor in Italy, effective immediately. Headquartered just outside Venice, Prase will leverage more than 20 years of proven experience in Italy’s AV market to bolster Atlona’s presence throughout the country.
“We are witnessing the progressive and unstoppable convergence of AV technologies with the IT industry, which is creating new business opportunities for those AV systems integrators who invest in new IT skills and solutions,” said Ennio Prase, CEO, Prase Media Technologies.
“Atlona is at the forefront of this evolution, with innovations such as the OmniStream AV over IP platform delivering a complete range of features that the market will soon consider essential. Atlona expertly combines these AV capabilities with the requirements of the IT sector - ensuring secure AV communications, enabling remote monitoring of entire systems, and offering redundancy to prevent network failures.”
“Prase’s rich experience, high service standards, technical expertise and ability to anticipate the needs of their market sectors have earned them tremendous respect from their partners and customers,” said Ronni Guggenheim, Atlona’s general manager. “These attributes will be invaluable in bringing the benefits of Atlona innovations to their clients, and we look forward to working with Prase to expand our presence and awareness across Italy.”
(Jim Evans)


Cabletime brings digital signage solutions to MediaTech

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

South Africa - Interactive IPTV and digital signage are on the menu for Cabletime when it shares a stand with distributor, Mindstec at this week’s MediaTech show. Visitors to stand C39 will be able to see new features now available for the MediaStar Media Players and the team will also be demonstrating all the benefits of Cabletime’s powerful digital signage content creation software, Creator.
The MediaStar 782 AV-DS Media Players work seamlessly with Cabletime’s recently introduced digital signage content creation software, Creator, and the tools that enable it to deliver rich HTML support, live IPTV streams and video playout. Visitors will be able to see interactive HTML pages that show off the full capability of the 782 Media Player, controlled using Cabletime’s new wand-style remote controls. Also being demonstrated will be DCC (Dynamic Content Creation), which allows web clips and live RSS feeds to be inserted into the digital signage pages created in the new software.
Mark Stanborough, sales manager, EMEA & APAC at Cabletime, said: “MediaTech Africa is one of the most important events in the international exhibition calendar and gives us a great forum for showing our solutions. It delivers an influential opportunity to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the MediaStar IPTV and digital signage technology and the benefits that it can bring to any business. Visitors can come to the stand to see me and my colleagues from our African partner, Mindstec Distribution, to find out more.”
The MediaStar range provides TV/AV and multime


Panasonic introduces 24/7 indoor signage displays

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Europe - Panasonic has launched a new range of indoor display panels engineered for digital signage.
The Full HD SF2 range replaces the LF8 indoor signage series and features new data cloning software, accessed via LAN, which allows for the copying of menu settings and adjusted values from the original display to multiple others.
The E-LED LCD display is available in four sizes (43, 49, 55 and 65-inch), the adaptable screen features wide-view IPS panel technology with 450 cd/m2.
The addition of multi monitoring and control software enables users to monitor and control the displays alongside any projectors within a facility from a single PC. Up to 2,048 devices can be controlled simultaneously, suitable for use within corporate or education environments.
“We have engineered the SF2 series to offer failure-free round-the-clock operation,” said Enrique Robledo, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “The panel offers particularly impressive colour and brightness levels whilst also boasting incredibly low energy consumption, making it perfect for 24/7, high-profile operation.”
(Jim Evans)


Atlona to expand OmniStream capabilities

Thursday, 13 July 2017

USA - Atlona has announced that a firmware update to its award-winning OmniStream AV over IP platform will expand the innovative solution with a wide range of new features and capabilities that “will greatly benefit its corporate, educational, and government AV customers”. Scheduled for release in late September, these new enhancements include comprehensive 4K and HDR compatibility, video wall processing, HDCP 2.2 compliance, and AES67 audio over IP interoperability.
“In keeping with our mission to help our AV over IP customers solve their integration challenges, streamline infrastructure, enhance connectivity, and simplify management, this OmniStream upgrade will continue to enable many new and novel AV system design and problem-solving opportunities, today and tomorrow,” said Nick Bethard, Atlona’s senior product manager.
Topping the list of new features is the addition of high-performance encoding and decoding of UHD @ 60 Hz 4:4:4. This feature will be available as an optional licensed upgrade for the OmniStream 111 (AT-OMNI-111) single-channel encoder, but will be standard with the OmniStream 112 (AT-OMNI-112) dual-channel encoder as well as the OmniStream single and dual-channel decoders (AT-OMNI-121 and AT-OMNI-122).
The firmware upgrade also adds support for popular HDR formats, including HDR10. In particular, the OmniStream platform will now handle 4K @ 60 Hz with 4:2:0 chroma subsampling, 10-bit colour, and HDR, making it compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray, streaming media players and other emerging consumer video sources that deliv


Holo-Gauze helps create mega hologram

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

UK - Holo-Gauze has been instrumental in helping Realtime Environmental Systems (RES) and creative director Liam Tomaszewski to realise superstar DJ Eric Prydz’s holographically-enhanced performance for his EPIC 5.0 show, debuting at London’s Victoria Park in front of an audience of 15,000 in late May.
Projected onto a huge, highly transparent and reflective 20m x 9m Holo-Gauze screen, mind-bending animations – including a giant astronaut – created the “biggest hologram in the world”, according to Prydz. Four Panasonic RZ31K 30,000 lumen laser projectors were merged together, beaming a single image of creative director and VJ Liam Tomaszewski’s optical illusions onto the Holo-Gauze screen, which was positioned in front of Prydz.
In addition to the Holo-Gauze screen, a huge V-shaped 2304 x 576 pixel LED display was positioned on the back wall of the stage, with a second V-shaped display (the ‘Vanish’) forming an animation-rich cube around Prydz. Pixels on the front display were designed to allow the audience to see Prydz through the animations when he was lit.
“I was absolutely delighted when RES again asked us to help with Eric’s latest EPIC show,” says Holo-Gauze inventor and Holotronica owner/CEO Stuart Warren-Hill. “Holo-Gauze is ideal for live events such as this, allowing live performers to be situated behind our near-invisible gauze while visually stunning holographic effects appear to float in front of them. Holo-Gauze makes the seemingly impossible possible.”
(Jim Evans)


PRG XL Video tours Europe with Kiss

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Europe - When a band like Kiss takes to the road on a European tour, they demand an aesthetic extravaganza which delivers the ‘wow factor’ on an epic scale. PRG XL Video supported lighting designer Sean ‘Motley’ Hackett and the band with a complex video system, made up of LED screens, projection, HD camera system, media servers, and a crew of engineers and technicians to ensure everything ran smoothly for the 37 days the tour was on the road.
Motley’s an established lighting designer who has worked with Kiss since 2007, as well as other acts including INXS, Andrea Bocelli, Savage Garden and has worked for Bytecraft/PRG Australia as crew chief and fill-in LD on many tours. Motley described the process behind designing the lighting and video rig for the current tour: “The main element of any Kiss show is that it has to be big. The brief from the band was that they wanted this tour to be big, with lots of video in the air.
“The basic layout of the screens evolved from what we did during a nine-night residency in Las Vegas back in November 2014, where we had four fingers of video screens coming out over the stage. During the initial discussions, we thought it would be great to break it up and spread it all over the stage—creating lots of little video walls with lighting trusses in-between them.”
Steven Lemahieu, affectionately known on the crew as Waffle, due to his Belgian heritage, worked as LED crew chief on the tour: “The Kiss tour uses a very complex video set-up, with lots of playback surfaces. We have two different types of LE


Green Hippo strengthens global training team

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

UK - Green Hippo has announced a key addition to its training team, further bolstering its ability to provide invaluable guidance to Green Hippo users across the globe. Annalisa Terranova joins as senior training manager and will provide training at Green Hippo’s London HQ, as well as taking sessions, including ‘HippoSchool’ Hippotizer training meets, across the rest of the world.
Annalisa comes equipped to deliver immediately effective Green Hippo sessions, bringing extensive experience of the media server technology, including projection-mapping projects. She has most recently worked with M.I.A. on the singer-rapper’s world tour. Annalisa programmed and operated a Hippotizer Media Server the live show using a timeline and timecode.
Terranova will be teaching the below Basic and Advanced sessions: HippoNet, HippoLauncher, Configuration, Output manager, Media manager, Mixes/Mix master, Viewports, Custom Layouts, DMX2, and Visualiser, Timeline, Multicontroller, Videomapper, Pixelmapper, ScreenWarp, HippoSnapper, Pinbridge, & Shape.
Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo, where she obtained a degree in Stage Design, Annalisa also possesses a Masters Degree in Performance Design and Practice from UAL’s Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. Since graduating she has worked all over the world, including time spent back a Central Saint Martins as a guest lecturer.
Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Terranova said: “It’s so exciting to join the Green Hippo team as Senior Training Manager. I really look forward to


Silver Clef Awards supported By PRG XL Video

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

UK - Continuing their long-running support for Nordoff Robbins, PRG XL Video, has provided a package of video technology for the O2 Silver Clef Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
The glamorous fundraising event which honours both up-and-coming and established music artists, celebrates Nordoff Robbins’ music therapy work, and via live and silent charity auctions, a raffle, and personal donations, raises hundreds of thousands of pounds to enable more people to benefit from music therapy around the UK.
PRG XL Video supplied Barco projectors, and e2 screen management system, along with three large projection screens for onstage, and a variety of plasma screens situated around the Great Room, that displayed lots from the silent and live auctions, and acted as relay screens from the camera system.
Crew chief for this event was Nathan Avery. Gearhouse Broadcast kindly supplied the camera channels for this year’s event free of charge, and these fed into PRG XL’s PPU system. The live camera mix was handled by video director, Mark McCaffrey.
PRG XL Video’s director of music, Yvonne Donnelly Smith commented: “We’re very happy to support the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards once again. We have such a strong connection to the music industry, and we see how much pleasure it brings people. It’s amazing to see how Nordoff Robbins music therapy actually changes lives for the better.”
Winners at this year’s awards included Alexander Armstrong, Dame Shirley Bassey, Blondie, Phil Collins, Little Mix, and Mumford &


City Panorama takes wing above Kazan

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Russia - The City Panorama exhibition and entertainment complex in Kazan opened to the public in early 2017. Breaking new ground in the deployment of high-resolution video in museums and visitor attractions, AV expert Polymedia together with their partner United 3D Labs designed an integrated audiovisual system with the help of AV Stumpfl CIS, using an 800 wide by 300 cm high AV Stumpfl Curve projection screen.
Located in the exhibition hall, the panoramic exhibit uses a virtual fly-over whereby guests and citizens can see modern architecture of the city and familiarise themselves with modern Kazan. Video content comprises over 250 panoramic images taken with an ‘Octocopter’ using a high-resolution camera at different viewpoints and angles.
The system works using a touch-screen and controller placed in front of the AV Stumpfl screen. This enables visitors to look over the city, zoom into points of interest and even navigate their way through each place of cultural significance in great detail.
“The giant panoramic projection screen gives a feeling of complete immersiveness and provides the Panorama visitors with an unforgettable experience. That is why this installation is so popular not only among children but also among adults,” said Elena Novikova, CEO at Polymedia.
“Only the quality of AV Stumpfl’s screen could give visitors that unique opportunity of diving into and flying under the sky,” added Novikova.
Commenting on the latest application of Curve screen technology, Hans Stucken, global marketing manager said: “It


Ampco Flashlight Group to distribute Green Hippo

Monday, 10 July 2017

Europe - Green Hippo has confirmed its agreement with Ampco Flashlight Group.
Peter de Fouw, general manager of Ampco Flashlight Sales comments: "Green Hippo is a hugely important brand to us and by taking on this market-leading brand for distribution, opens up opportunities in new and innovative markets across the Benelux region.
“More and more we see video applications being used in all major events and across many vertical markets such as theatre, live performance, installation and broadcast. We are honoured to be the new distributor for a leading brand such as Green Hippo, which is a welcome addition to the Ampco Flashlight portfolio.’’
James Roth, head of sales & marketing for Green Hippo said: “Reaching an agreement with Ampco is another major step towards securing and further growing our market position in Europe. For me, the timing of this is of major importance and dovetails nicely with our expansion plans in other territories.
“Ampco will undoubtedly provide the brand with the focus it requires for primary territory activity and allows us to enter the secondary and tertiary market sectors from a very strong platform.”
(Jim Evans)


Avolites media servers map Day of the Dead

Friday, 7 July 2017

Australia - Audio-visual production company, IKONIX, recently used one of their Avolites Ai RX8 Media servers to video map a Cinco de Mayo event (Day of the Dead) at Melbourne's top trending event space, Peninsula.
The Mexican-themed event marked the end of the five-day 37th Australian Dental Association (ADA) Congress 2017 with 700 guests in attendance.
"For the Cinco de Mayo event, we worked with our client to choose a selection of 3D models that we could projection map on to," says Richard Saunders, co-director of IKONIX along with partner Zachary Burton. "We had a small 3D model printed for demos and testing before moving forward with larger custom-built models made from foam and plaster."
Focusing on the Mexican theme, IKONIX's animator, Daniel Tabacari, created a mix of bright, bustling 3D content that Burton mapped across multiple three-metre high 'Day of the Dead' skulls at the event.
"Daniel did a fantastic job of working to the theme," says Burton. "He made up some great content inspired by the traditional painted Day of the Dead skulls, using multiple layers and blending them using alpha transitions."
IKONIX ran two outputs with a canvas resolution of 1080 x 1080 for the projection, using Ai's Auto Map feature to automatically calibrate their projector positions and warp the content onto the models. Burton utilised remote access to fine tune the projection with a laptop.
"Using the Ai Auto Map feature, we were able to get in close and do final touching up using the model vertices on the output page," says Burton. "Auto


Green Hippo lights up the Ice in Riga

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Latvia - Dinamo Riga, the Latvian professional hockey team, teamed with Stage Crew, Latvian technical production service, to mark Dinamo’s final home game of the KHL 2016/17 season. And central to the stunning pre-game visuals was a Hippotizer Karst Media Server, running Hippotizer V4.
The impressive Arena Riga has been home to the Kontinental Hockey League club Dinamo Riga since 2008, offering a 10,300 capacity when the ice is laid out. One of Latvia’s leading indoor venues – artists to have played concerts there include Ed Sheeran, Elton John, KISS, Metallica, and Tiesto – Arena Riga provided a superb backdrop and centrepiece for the show.
Pro 1 Stage, Green Hippo’s Latvian distributor, used and configured a Hippotizer Karst to drive five 1920 x 1080 feeds at 60Hz. Two of the Karst outputs, split with Datapath X4’s fed four Barco HDXW20 Flex projectors for the 360-degree projection surface. The third output was used to drive another feed to the Absen A7 LED and Barco Slite 10xp LED screen.
Andrejs Mefodovskis of Pro 1 Stage said: “The Green Hippo Hippotizer KARST V4 Media server is incredibly powerful, and this great event was the perfect example of its might. Three outputs were used, outputs one and two were configured to 3840x1080 at 60Hz that was split by Datapath x4 to 2x 1920x1080 60Hz by and output three was configured to serve resolution 1920x1080 60Hz.”
The result of this combination of leading technology and creative design was an event to perfectly cap-off Dinamo’s season. It was also a good example of how smart d


VER supports Dazed 100 celebration event

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

UK - Working with creative studio Another Space, VER London helped build the vibrant, large scale artistic installation that shrouded the entrance to the Dazed 100 celebration event.
Titled Shadow Play, the production centred on a 15m wide projection, featuring imagery and beams split into layered colour channels. The presence of visitors passing through the beams refracted the layers resulting in their silhouettes becoming an integral part of the highly immersive experience.
Speaking about the production, VER lighting project manager Mark Rooney said: “The Dazed 100 event was an incredible artistic adventure for us. The equipment we supplied out of VER London helped the production team create and deliver a fantastic audience experience”.
VER provided six Barco HDX 20K projectors to the show, offset from standard blend and operating in conjunction with UVA supplied media servers to form the different layers. When intersected, the projected beams created psychedelic colourscapes which interacted directly with the additional graphic imagery featured within the venue. An additional pair of HDX 20K units were also used to help sculpture further shape and colour inside the event’s atrium space.
Commenting further, Rooney said, “UVA added some real magic to this event, pushing our Barco projectors to achieve some truly imaginative results, we’re extremely proud to have been a part of it.”
(Jim Evans)


ChamSys helps create new looks for Epica

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Belgium - In his 11 years as Epica’s lighting designer, Erwin Van Lokeren has never repeated a look from song to song. Neither he nor the band would have it any other way. Never afraid to blaze their own musical path, the symphonic metal pioneers have transcended genres by pulling in wildly disparate influences from Vivaldi to Star Wars, and weaving them all into a uniquely transformative sound.
Van Lokeren, who collaborates closely with two of Epica’s members Coen Janssen and Isaac Delahaye, has accentuated the band’s musical message with a ceaseless flow of compelling looks, each more unique than the next.
Helping him accomplish this feat on the group’s current Holographic Principle tour of Europe and North America is his ChamSys MagicQ MQ60 console with a compact wing.
“My constant touring life is really easy with the MQ60,” he said. “Because of the console’s compact size, it’s always possible to put my desk down to programme, on the tour bus, in the dressing room, or even on stage in change over times. I do my first drawings in Vectorworks, and then I import the DWG file into Capture, which works perfectly with my MQ60. So I can program even complicated shows in my hotel room with just my MQ60 and laptop.”
Van Lokeren values his compact console for more than the convenience it offers. As a designer, he likes to limit the number of colours he uses to light each song to two, or occasionally three. “When you have too many colours in a song, you can fall into a trap that makes the lighting for the next song look unorigina


TAIT customised stage for U2’s Joshua Tree tour

Friday, 30 June 2017

World - Known for their very intricate stadium shows, U2 honours the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, by taking a robust, cinematic set and the albums legacy hits on the road for a stadium tour across North America and Europe.
After reuniting with their fans at iHeartRadio’s Music Festival and’s Dreamforce conference, the Irish rockers cemented the idea to celebrate the Joshua Tree album with the Joshua Tree Tour, making it the first time the band has ever taken an entire album from their back catalogue on tour.
In a Rolling Stone interview, Bono speaks about tour, stating, "It's so not like us to throw ourselves a birthday party. We didn't know if we could pull off a tour that honours The Joshua Tree without it being nostalgic. That's an oxymoron."
In order to showcase the album to its fullest potential, the tour requires a team full of innovative U2 vets who have grown with the evolution of production expectations for stadium shows. Having worked on several of U2’s previous tours, TAIT was requested to build the stage under the creative direction of Willie Williams.
TAIT custom-built a massive, 192ft. wide, mainstage that stretches parallel to a cinematic video screen which displays high-definition scenes of sunny, desert-like landscapes to mimic the infamous Joshua Tree theme. Likewise, the enormous set mirrors the tree silhouette with a custom scenic tree top header, attached above the video screens, in addition to a 75ft. long runway which leads to the tree-shap


Hawthorn brings Vegas to Battersea for Waitrose

Thursday, 29 June 2017

UK - Creative technical event production company Hawthorn brought the bright lights of Las Vegas to Battersea Evolution for the Waitrose Supplier Gala Dinner 2017 on 19 May 2017. Following a Vintage Vegas theme, Hawthorn worked with client Entertee Events to transform the venue into a show-stopping party venue.
Not only providing an opportunity for the company’s suppliers to network with the executive board, commercial directors, category directors, and senior traders, the evening also raised vital funds for the charity GroceryAid.
With 1,500 guests seated across 147 tables, Entertee made the most of Battersea’s large versatile space. Decorated with crystal chandeliers, entrance tunnels made from Hawthorn’s lavish blue velvet drape and thirty-two palm trees wrapped in fairy lights, guests were transported back to the golden age of Vegas. Hawthorn also created ten custom-made uplit columns, specially constructed on site during the day of the event. A proscenium arch theatre style stage made using the company’s red drape completed the luxurious aesthetic, setting the scene for an evening of fabulous food and excellent entertainment.
The key focus of the lighting and video design for the evening was to enhance the Vintage Vegas theme whilst also being able to adapt the look within the room and on the stage. For this, Hawthorn designed a split 10mm LED wall that consisted of seven 1m wide by 5m high strips. In between these strips were two bars of six par cans with very narrow lamps, producing powerful beams to cut through the band.
To fra


HSL captures the Depeche Mode global Spirit

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

UK - Depeche Mode’s career spans four decades and a reputation for musical originality has kept them relevant and at the cutting edge in delivering one visually and sonically inspiring performance after another.
Blackburn lighting rental specialist HSL is the main lighting and video contractor worldwide for the current Spirit tour. They are partnering with CT to deliver the video package.
The raw, stylish, industrial production design is by creative director Anton Corbijn, who has always pioneered video as an essential vehicle of live production. Lighting has been designed by Sooner Routhier and Robert Long of SRae Productions and is being directed on the road by their associate LD, Manny Conde.
The Spirit tour is being production managed by Tony Gittins and plays a mix of stadiums and arenas. HSL’s project manager Jordan Hanson is working closely with CT’s music and touring specialist, Graham Miller and the HSL crew of five is being chiefed on the road by Ian Stevens. They will be travelling internationally, together with the full lighting rig.
HSL’s MD Simon Stuart commented: “We are delighted to be working with Tony and his team on this ground-breaking tour and it’s been a real pleasure to collaborate with Sooner and Manny and ensure they have had all the support they need. The design is innovative and edgy. I am a huge fan of Sooner and her thoughtful, intelligent approach, which captures the mood perfectly. The band are on top form as always.”
The entire look of the Spirit show is inspired by Anton’s branding for th


7thSense powers journey through music history

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

UK - The British Museum Experience (BME), a new museum dedicated to popular music honouring the global influence and history of British music and artists, is now open and in full swing at the Grade-II listed Cunard Building in Liverpool.
At the heart of the attraction, the main stage show is powered by a 7thSense Nano-SDI media server featuring a specially produced digitally-projected performance by music legend Boy George, and a large-scale stage hologram – all integrated by DJ Willrich.
The BME was originally housed inside London’s O2 venue between 2009 and 2014 – while a few items from the original site were recyclable, the new permanent home and themed zones of the BME have seen a full technology and content refresh.
Visitors are taken on a chronological journey of British music history from 1945 to the present day as told in eight state-of-the-art interactive exhibition galleries – as the final zone experience comes to an end, guests find themselves in the flagship ‘Main Stage’ attraction with a performance from singer, Boy George.
On stage, a Delta Nano-SDI Media Server powers a 13,000 lumen Digital Projection HIGHlite Laser II projector to screen a custom five-minute show produced by Graham English & Co. Once the front projection screen retracts into the ceiling, the high impact display system projects Boy George as a hologram onto a HoloNet gauze screen spanning the full width of the stage.
Josh Miller, DJ Willrich director, explained: “We needed the projected video of Boy George on the HoloNet screen to be brig


Green Hippo and Okulus 3D on Shawn Mendes tour

Monday, 26 June 2017

UK - Okulus, the production design company working alongside creative director Paul Caslin, and 24/7 Productions, were behind the Canadian singer-songwriter’s recent Illuminate World Tour, creating attention-grabbing looks, with Hippotizer Boreals and Taigas.
The Hippotizer Taigas (one active, one backup) fed a 1920 x 640 curved, 9mm LED wall, which served as the performance area’s main backdrop to display the visuals, triggered via timecode. The team also integrated the video director’s live camera feeds into the content.
A key technical aspect for the Okulus team was Hippotizer’s ability to beautifully integrate with Notch, the ‘real-time graphics workhorse’. Effects here included a 3D model of Shawn Mendes – using an Xbox camera focused on Shawn DSC – which Okulus placed into pre-programmed environments. The team also used the set-up to manipulate IMAG feeds to create unique IMAG, all fed by the Hippotizer Taiga to side projectors.
The Hippotizer Boreals – again, one active, one acting as backup – drove a quartet of Panasonic projectors, all of which were mapped, and edge-blended, on to a 5m orb hung in the centre of the arena. The orb featured throughout the show, with the custom content from Treatment Studios to create an impressive atmosphere at the centre of the arena.
“We really love how Hippotizer integrates with Notch. It’s simple with our normal programming style and, once you couple with the built-in Hippotizer FX, you can generate really unique looks,” said Okulus creative director, James Scott.


Dynamic Projection Institute appoints Polestar Productions

Thursday, 22 June 2017

UK - The Vienna-based Dynamic Projection Institute, designer and manufacturer of the Dynamic projection system, has appointed Polestar Productions as its UK partner. The Dynamic Projection Institute’s high tech Mirror Head system enables a projector’s output to be dynamically moved anywhere within an 180° by 90/162° arc under the control of DMX / Art-Net or the comprehensive software package provided as part of the system’s MDC-X Media Servers. 
The software's features include Show Automation, Time Scheduling, Media Manipulation, Geometric Corrections, Seamless Transformations, Image alignment with Soft-edge and Show Pre-sets. System Control is Via the MDC-Touch Remote Control, a web-based app or DMX / Art-Net control.
The Mirror Head systems versatile design means that multi-projector installations can be implemented using larger media servers to provide video output whilst the mirror position is controlled using DMX / Art-NetTM control protocols.
A constantly expanding range of Mirror Heads is available for projectors with outputs from 3000 to 30 000 Lumens.
Tony Gill MD of Polestar Productions said: “We are really excited to be working with Thomas [Kühne, MD of the Dynamic Projection] and his team and we are looking forward to showing the UK entertainment and events industry what this amazing system can do.”
Polestar Productions will Provide Sales,


Universal Pixels on tour with Epson projectors

Thursday, 22 June 2017

UK - Universal Pixels, has become the latest rental and video production staging specialist to add Epson’s laser projectors to its product portfolio.
Established just six months ago, UK based Universal Pixels has already supplied bespoke video solutions for some of the world’s best known bands. The impressive line-up includes names such as Radiohead, The Killers, Blondie, Robbie Williams, Gorillaz, Rick Astley, Primus and Agnes Obel.
Universal Pixels is using Epson’s EB-L25000U laser projectors as part of the staging for Radiohead’s current world tour, Moon Shaped Pool, which includes a headline performance at Glastonbury this weekend.
London grime collective, Boy Better Know also used two of the 25,000 lumens projectors to launch its takeover of London’s The 02 on August’s bank holiday weekend, and Rick Astley’s recent tour included a laser projection show using Epson’s compact and punchy 8,000 lumens EB-L1405U installation projectors.
Phil Mercer of Universal Pixels said: “We first saw Epson’s professional installation laser projectors when they were announced at InfoComm last year and were immediately impressed by their build quality and performance capabilities. It’s refreshing to have something new and exciting in this market. But what makes Epson’s projectors really appealing is their ability to adapt to different light and environmental challenges.
“With a quick succession of global tour dates requiring efficient load in’s and load outs, we need reliable projectors that we can install quickly and easil


RealSound & Vision appoints sales manager

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

UK - RealSound & Vision Ltd, the Oxfordshire-based sound, stage lighting and AV system integrators who have achieved UK-wide success and recognition within the education sector, has announced the appointment of David Wilkins as their sales manager.
Wilkins is well known in the lighting industry with previous roles at Northern Light, Selecon and Strand. He now adds this experience to broaden the multidisciplinary skill set at RSV.
On joining, Wilkins commented that: “It will be an exciting opportunity to drive the Company forward”.
David Nibbs, managing director, added: “I am very pleased to have David on board as part of our team and I’m sure that he will be successful in significantly raising the RSV profile and our levels of successful business in Education and elsewhere.”
(Jim Evans)


PRG XL Video expands its music team

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

UK - PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group (PRG), has announced two new additions to its music team. Robert Watson and Michael George have both joined as account managers and bring a diverse range of talent and experience to PRG.
Michael George has joined the company from Blink TV where he specialised in filming and streaming of live events – a service PRG XL has already begun to offer with the live streaming of Stormzy’s recent sold-out Brixton Academy shows.
Stefaan Michels, director of music, PRG XL Video, comments: “It’s a pleasure to have Michael join the team. He’s great to work with. It is exciting to expand into the live streaming market and with Michael’s expertise and high standard of delivery, it’s sure to be a resounding success.”
Robert Watson brings more than a decade of experience in live production, working as project manager and crew chief on several high-profile music festivals, designing lighting for theatre and concerts, and most recently working as a project manager at Panalux Broadcast & Event.
Yvonne Donnelly Smith, director of music, PRG XL Video, adds: “I’m delighted to welcome Rob to the team. His in-depth technical knowledge and on-site experience of delivering shows is a great benefit to us.”
(Jim Evans)


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